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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

PopOzric TentaclesTechnicians of the Sacred[Madfish]3 starsEcstasy. Before it was a drug taken by fans of electronic dance music, it was a state of being. In many cultures, that state is best arrived... Read More

Friday, May 22, 2015

R&BMariah Carey, No. 1 to Infinity (Epic/Legacy). If you were to wake her up in the middle of the night and ask her for the truth, the whole truth and nothing but, Mariah Carey would no doubt... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Snarky Puppy "Sylva" [Impulse!] 4 stars Snarky Puppy leader, bassist and principal composer Michael League wasn’t exactly bummed when his strikingly original jazz-funk-soul-rock ensemble... Read More

Monday, May 18, 2015

JazzSamuel Blais and David Liebman, “Cycling” [Effendi] It is has been an article of conviction for true jazz people for decades now that Dave Liebman is one of the greatest soprano... Read More

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Hip-hopSnoop Dogg, “Bush” (Columbia). What’s not to love? For album number 13, Snoop Dogg drops his reggae-fried Snoop Lion persona, calls a bunch of his friends, throws a party,... Read More

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

SoundtrackMusic from HBO’s “Bessie”Various Artists[Legacy]2.5 starsIt is perhaps the major oddity of HBO’s “Bessie,” which premieres Saturday evening, that... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Pop Mumford & Sons "Wilder Mind" [Glassnote/Island] 2 stars It was never going to be easy for Mumford & Sons to move... Read More

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

ClassicalSurrender: Voices of PersephoneIlona Domnich, sopranoLeo Nucci, baritoneSouthbank Sinfonia, Simon Over, conductor[Signum Classics]∆∆∆øRising opera star Ilona... Read More

Sunday, May 3, 2015

There Is Simply Too Much to Think About: Collected Nonfiction by Saul Bellow edited by Benjamin Taylor; Viking, 532 pages ($35). This is the weekend that the first volume of Zachary Leader’s... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Saturday, May 2, 2015

It was a very good year for Frank Sinatra. But it seemed like the exact opposite.You could say, if you want, that was Sinatra’s way. 1915 – 100 years ago – was the year Sinatra... Read More

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